Stowaway teen rescued in Cape Town

2013-02-26 08:47
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A Libyan teenager has been rescued from a life raft after stowing away on a ship which sailed from Ghana to Cape Town.

The Cape Argus reported that the teenager was spotted near Robben Island late on Sunday and was picked up by the NSRI.

It transpired that the young man had launched a life raft from the Safmarine ship Cha Chai as it neared Cape Town. The ship is now lying at anchor in Table Bay.

The 19-year-old was only wearing shorts and had suffered mild dehydration.

The teen was said to be from Jobey in Libya but had snuck onto the ship in Ghana. It is not clear how he travelled to Ghana. He apparently told authorities that he had wanted to go to the US as he had family there.

Die Burger named the young man as Charles Mussuah and said he would be leaving on the same ship that had brought him to Cape Town.

The ship would take him back to Libya.

The department of home affairs told the Cape Times that taxpayers' money would not be used to deport the teenager, as stowaways are the responsibility of the ship owners and ship captain.


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